I am jumping on Elizabeth’s reading bandwagon, but looking at it from several angles. I understand that writers need to read, but I often see my reading time as procrastination of my writing time. I also found some new authors I’d like to read after attending various sessions at RWA, some because they were charming and some because they were repeatedly recommended. Yesterday, I mentioned Sherry Thomas and Jeannie Lin. Re-reading Jennifer Crusie (several of her stories) and Loretta Chase have joined the list because aspects of their writing came up that I want to go back and review (reading like a writer). I’ve also added some nonfiction to my list.
Several authors that I haven’t read came up repeatedly in sessions – Farrah Rochon, Joanna Bourne, Tessa Dare, and Darynda Jones, among others. Many of these were mentioned for their unique voices. There are several authors I can think of with unique voices – you could pick up a couple of plain typed pages from one of their stories and know that you’re reading Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Julia Quinn, or Jayne Anne Krentz. I’m reading one right now by Julie Ann Long and one aspect of her voice is vocal emphasis in dialogue. There are a lot of words in dialogue that are italicized for emphasis. I’m trying to decide if there are too many of them. I suppose the fact that I’ve noticed would suggest there are too many, but I’m not tempted to throw the book at the wall, either. I have a Carole Mortimer on my To Be Read shelf. I don’t usually read category, but she received a Lifetime Achievement Award at RWA, and we got one of her books in our conference packet so it’s worth a shot. The woman has written over 200 books. Wow!
The nonfiction came up in the Why Professors Love to Study Romance session. My favorite Romance Sociology ladies, Jennifer Lois and Joanna Gregson, have an article coming soon in Gender & Society – “Sneers and Leers: Romance Writers and Gendered Sexual Stigma.” Sarah Frantz and Eric Sellinger edited “New Approaches to Popular Romance Fiction; Critical Essays” (McFarland, 2012). Catherine Roach has “Happily Ever After: The Romance Story in Popular Culture” coming out in late 2015 (Indiana University Press). RWA has a list of academic grants here.
Have we added sufficiently to your
procrastination To Be Read pile? Anything more to add?